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GROUNDS OF COLEORTON HALL, THE SEAT OF THE
LATE SIR GEORGE BEAUMONT, BART.
In these grounds stands the Parish Church, wherein is a mural
monument, the Inscription upon which, in deference to the earnest request of the deceased, is confined to name, dates, and these words: - “ Enter not into judgment with thy servant, O Lord !”]
With copious eulogy in prose and rhyme Graven on the tomb we struggle against Time, Alas, how feebly! but our feelings rise And still we struggle when a good man dies : Such offering BEAUMONT dreaded and forbade, A spirit meek in self-abasement clad. Yet here at least, though few have numbered days That shunned so modestly the light of praise, His graceful manners, and the temperate ray Of that arch fancy which would round him play, Brightening a converse never known to swerve From courtesy and delicate reserve; That sense the bland philosophy of life Which checked discussion ere it warmed to strife;
Those fine accomplishments, and varied powers,
Might have their record among sylvan bowers.
- Oh, fled for ever! vanished like a blast
That shook the leaves in myriads as it passed ;
Gone from this world of earth, air, sea, and sky,
From all its spirit-moving imagery,
Intensely studied with a Painter's eye,
A Poet's heart; and, for congenial view,
Portrayed with happiest pencil, not untrue
To common recognitions while the line
Flowed in a course of sympathy divine —
Oh! severed too abruptly from delights
That all the seasons shared with equal rights –
Rapt in the grace of undismantled age,
From soul-felt music, and the treasured page,
Lit by that evening lamp which loved to shed
Its mellow lustre round thy honoured head,
While Friends beheld thee give with eye, voice,
mien, More than theatric force to Shakspeare's scene Rebuke us not ! — The mandate is obeyed That said, “ Let praise be mute where I am laid ;" The holier deprecation, given in trust To the cold Marble, waits upon thy dust ;
Yet have we found how slowly genuine grief
From silent admiration wins relief.
Too long abashed thy Name is like a Rose
That doth “ within itself its sweetness close;"
A drooping Daisy changed into a cup
In which her bright-eyed beauty is shut up.
Within these Groves, where still are flitting by
Shades of the Past, oft noticed with a sigh,
Shall stand a votive Tablet, haply free,
When towers and temples fall, to speak of Thee !
If sculptured emblems of our mortal doom
Recall not there the wisdom of the Tomb,
Green ivy, risen from out the cheerful earth,
Shall fringe the lettered stone ; and herbs spring
Whose fragrance, by soft dews and rain unbound,
Shall penetrate the heart without a wound;
While truth and love their purposes fulfil,
Commemorating genius, talent, skill,
That could not lie concealed where Thou wert
known; Thy virtues He must judge, and He alone, The God upon whose mercy they are thrown. .
By a blest Husband guided, Mary came
From nearest kindred, ****** her new name;
She came, though meek of soul, in seemly pride
Of happiness and hope, a youthful Bride.
O dread reverse ! if aught be so, which proves
That God will chasten whom he dearly loves.
Faith bore her up through pains in mercy given,
And troubles that were each a step to Heaven:
Two Babes were laid in earth before she died;
A third now slumbers at the Mother's side;
Its Sister-twin survives, whose smiles afford
A trembling solace to her widowed Lord.
Reader ! if to thy bosom cling the pain
Of recent sorrow combated in vain ;
Or if thy cherished grief have failed to thwart
Time still intent on his insidious part,
Lulling the Mourner's best good thoughts asleep,
Pilfering regrets we would, but cannot, keep;
Bear with Him — judge Him gently who makes
His bitter loss by this memorial Stone ;
pray that in his faithful breast the grace Of resignation find a hallowed place.